“Weekend Warriors” Fantastic doc!

Weekend Warriors had its first showing Friday February 24, 2017 at the Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas Street, London, Ontario at 7:00 p.m.

Southwestern Ontario independent filmmaker Barbara Urbach, operating as Crocodile Productions  completed the 60 minute documentary film featuring the Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society, a London based non-profit group whose members participate in living history weekends which recreate battle scenarios from the War of 1812.
Urbach’s film captures behind the scenes footage as she dawns the iconic British Red Coat and joins soldiers on location at some of Ontario’s most famous battlefields including Fort Erie, Chippewa, Fort George, Longwoods and more.
“This film is unique in that we have managed to capture and share personal experiences of key members of the group in addition to the action and drama that plays out before the camera” explains Urbach. “We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished” explains director Gary Van Osch, “It was very difficult since, as in a real battle, the game plan is constantly changing, which although exciting, tends to add a level of complexity to our work, this is also why it has taken seven years to complete the film.
We are certain that audiences will be entertained since we do not follow the normal rules of documentary filmmaking” says Van Osch citing great music, creative sequences and many surprises including roman soldiers dressed in full armour.

The evening’s entertainment started with a musical performance by period singers, and was followed by a short film starring artist/painter Aaron W Smith .

Marching for Everleigh 2016

To commemorate the 202nd anniversary of the Battle of the Longwoods, the UTMRS which portrays the 1814 Light Company of the Royal Scots will be again marching from Delaware to Battle Hill, the site of the battle, a distance of twenty miles.  Again they will be raising funds in honour of five-year-old, for Pulmonary Hypertension, a terminal disease from which adults and children are afflicted.  

If you wish to donate, or participate, please contact Brad Stott at 519 473 3814 or brad@vbands.com to register and/or receive any further information.

The march will commence at 7:00 am, on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the parking lot near the 402 exit on the Longwoods Road.  The UTMRS will this year be joined by the Royal Scots Grenadier re-enactment group as well as any members of the public interested in the march or raising funds for PH.

The march will be broken into two components and marchers may do one or both of the components.  The first component, will be the march to Melbourne, a distance of about 10 miles, along the Longwoods Road, and the second component, following lunch, will be to complete the other ten-mile march to Battle Hill.

Lunch will be served in Melbourne (location to be finalized) to all participants.

Last year, of the ten original marchers, seven completed the march by 3:30pm and raised over $1500 for Pulmonary Hypertension. There will be a chase vehicle available to provide support as needed.

 

Remembering the Battle of the Longwoods

On Sunday, March 6, at 2:00pm a Longwoods Memorial Service will be held at Battle Hill Park to commemorate the only major battle fought in the London- Middlesex area during the War of 1812.  

This year’s service will feature the dedication of the new flagpoles which have the Union Jack and the 15 star U.S. flag.  Following the service, there will be a luncheon held at the Wardsville United Church.  All are welcome to participate in this annual and unique program.

Battle of Longwoods site is located at 2945 Longwoods Rd., Southwest Middlesex .  Arrive early and park carefully on the side of the road.

May 3rd -4th – Reenactment Weekend 2014

 

Photograph by

Crocodile Productions

Memorial Service to remember the soldiers who died at the Battle of Longwoods March 4, 1814 to take place

May 2nd – Education Day

May 3rd -4th – Reenactment Weekend For more information go to:

www.battleoflongwoods.ca

The History of the Battle of Longwoods

The first weekend in May, at the Longwoods Road Conservation Area, you can experience history being brought to life.  Every year, the Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society presents the Battle of Longwoods.

Step back in time to March 4, 1814, as British troops attempt to expel American invaders. Hear the crack of the musket and the roar of the cannon. Come and experience life in the early 19th century. See the colourful clothing, smell the food prepared over open fires, and let us entertain your family for the day.

At the Longwoods Road Conservation Area
8348 Longwoods Rd
Mount Brydges

Contact  Marvin Recker (519) 471-9546


To Editor of Glencoe Transcript from UTMRS Bicentennial Committee.

On behalf of the Upper Thames Military Re-enactment Society (UTMRS) who portray the Royal Scots Light Company of 1814, I would like to express our deepest thanks to the community of Southwest Middlesex for their excellent support and co-operation during our recent War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration of the Battle of Longwoods from March 4-9. The Southwest Middlesex Municipal Council and Staff assisted us in much of the minutiae of organizing an event which meant the closing down of the Longwoods Road, erecting a monument, erecting a tent as well as arranging the billeting of numerous re-enactors.

 

The Creative Communities Committee did a wonderful job of arranging for a Dinner and Reception at the Glencoe Agricultural Hall on the Saturday, March 8.   This same organization decorated the windows of the Glencoe merchants, and with the co-operation of the Southwest Middlesex Council, Staff and Community decorated with large bows the hydro poles of Melbourne, Appin, Glencoe and Wardsville to commemorate the Bicentennial Event.

 

The entire week showed wonderful community spirit with a brunch provided by the Newbury Fire Services at the Newbury Fire Hall on Saturday morning. The billeting of the re-enactors at the Masonic Hall in Wardsville and the Glencoe Arena on Friday and Saturday nights was kindly arranged by the Staff of Southwest Middlesex. Wardsville United Church provided through the efforts of Todd Trojand a pancake supper Tuesday, March 4, breakfast and lunch on Sunday, March 9.

 

The Southwest Middlesex Fire Department including the Wardsville Fire Department and the Glencoe Fire Department assisted with the Glencoe Lions Club did yeoman service on a cold winter’s day in parking well over 200 cars on the shoulders of the Longwoods Road. Tom McCollum and John McColl deserve special recognition for their efforts to flawlessly handle this important task.

 

It is important to recognize the assistance of Dave Little and helpers who guided traffic, spectators (and yes, re-enactors) at the Battle Hill site with extreme efficiency and co-operation.

 

The memorial service held on Tuesday, March 4, (the actual time of the original Battle of Longwoods) was organized and conducted by Reverend Richard Golden and Betty Simpson of the Glencoe and District Historical Society.

 

The old Community Hall in Wardsville, now the home of Crocodile Productions, was the scene of an excellent variety show called, The Royal Bash, on Friday night, March 7.

 

Another feature of the week was the excellent coverage by the daily and weekly newspapers of the local communities. From a series of articles about the background of the Battle of Longwoods to coverage of related activities it was an amazing effort on the part of these periodicals to alert and inform the public.

 

The comment I remember most was from one of our re-enactors who had travelled from Toronto to be at the event. He commented in wonderment how such a large Commemoration Event as the Battle of Longwoods could have been carried off in the middle of nowhere with such a large audience, military servicemen and re-enactors so smoothly and without a hitch. The answer is the wonderful co-operation of the Southwest Middlesex Community. Thank you so very much for making the week a wonderful Bicentennial event!

 

Glenn Stott, Chair

UTMRS Bicentennial Committee.